Center for Teaching Excellence

Southern Methodist University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is an ongoing catalyst for the growth of a university culture that values, supports, and rewards effective student-centered teaching.


CTE's mission supports the pursuit of academic innovation by providing research-based instructional design services, supporting a campus culture of teaching excellence, and empowering faculty to transform their pedagogical practices. As a campus catalyst for teaching innovation, we aim to develop and redefine world class instruction in a premier research and teaching university with global impact.

The CTE is available to assist you with your face-to-face and online course design needs. Additionally, we can assist you with consultations about technology implementation (for student engagement and subject matter showcase), assessment strategies, research-based strategies to improve learning, and one-on-one help to improve your Canvas presence. 




2019 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award Winners 

Since 2001, The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award annually recognizes SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. This year's winners are Professors Gregory Crespi, Alice Kendrick, Peter Raad, and James Linck. The winners receive $10,000 and are appointed to a two-year term in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Learn more. 


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      Schedule your course design consultation or teaching observation.

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      Awards & Grants

      Learn about the various teaching awards and grants.

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      Discover new teaching resources to help you thrive.

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      Course Evaluations

      Learn about our teaching evaluation system at SMU.

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